The Artside: Aiken art exhibit features 'The Five'

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold a reception celebrating several new exhibits from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. One features works by The Five, a group of the well-known artists Judy Adamick, Elizabeth Moretz-Britt, Doris Sofge, Anne Smith and Jill Stafford. The artists, who have known one another for years, work in a variety of media.


Adamick is a native of Connecticut who worked in oil and acrylics for 20 years before moving to Aiken and changing her focus to watercolors. She has exhibited in many shows, including the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s traveling exhibitions, and recently exhibited in Paris. She will be teaching at the Aiken Center for the Arts beginning in January.

Moretz-Britt was born in Salt Lake City, grew up in Augusta and now makes her home in North Augusta. She has a bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia and has had extended study in Europe, at the Scottsdale Artists School with Milt Kobayashi, and at the Studio Group with Paul Davis and David Dorman. She is known for her strong style of colorful figurative painting.

Sofge studied art at Florida State University and the University of South Carolina. She holds the Member of Excellence designation in the South Carolina Watermedia Society and has won awards in local, regional and national exhibitions.

Smith studied at Anderson Junior College and the Ringling School of Art and Design and resumed painting full time after retiring from the South Carolina Forestry Commission. She enjoys painting barns, sheds and structures, using pen and ink and watercolor.

Stafford is a member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society and served as its president in 2004. Her work has been selected for the society’s traveling show and has received numerous awards. For the past six years she has traveled the world on Christian mission trips, which she believes give her inspiration to paint from the heart.

• A separate show at the Aiken Center for the Arts features the work of Esther Melton, a national award-winning watercolorist who uses transparent paints to achieve the illusion of sunlight streaming through everyday objects in her still-life paintings. She is a member of several watercolor societies and will teach a workshop at the center in December.

Barbara Yon, a native of Anderson, S.C., is the featured artist for November in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery at the center. Working in watermedia and collage, she experiments with geometric shapes and nature patterns. Her work has been featured in several public art projects and the South Carolina Watermedia traveling exhibition.

For information on any of these exhibits, call (803) 641-9094.


THE MORRIS Museum of Art has opened Reflections on Water in American Painting, a major exhibition showcasing more than 50 paintings and works on paper drawn from the Arthur J. Phelan collection. A reception and lecture will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The event is free to museum members and $5 for others.

According to museum director Kevin Grogan, the exhibit is “an homage to America’s oceans, rivers, lakes and harbors; to the ships that traversed them … and the artists who took inspiration from the beauty and timeless attraction of the water.”

The collection traces more than a century of maritime and seaside history from the Atlantic to the Pacific shores of the United States, with works ranging from 1828 to 1945. Highlights include works by Frank Benson, William Trost Richards, William Merritt Chase, Aiden Lassell Ripley and Reginald Marsh.


THE GERTRUDE HERBERT Institute of Art will stage a reception Friday, Nov. 16, honoring members of the Augusta State University art faculty, whose biennial exhibition is on display in the main galleries. Exhibiting artists are Sarah Buckius, Kristin Casaletto, Jackson Cheatham, Thomas Crowther, Dorothy Fletcher Eckmann, Pamela D. Ferguson, Jennifer Onofrio Fornes, Suzette Hollins, Amanda Ladymon, Alan MacTaggart, Philip Morsberger, Randy Pace, Raoul Pacheco, Brian Rust, Rosanne Stutts, Joseph Tolbert, Chad Tolley, Janice Williams Whiting, and current Morris Eminent Scholar William Willis.

The reception also honors Evans artist Laura Neff, whose work is featured in the Creel-Harison Community Art Gallery on the third floor. Primarily a mixed-media artist, Neff uses transfigured female forms in her work to express both challenging emotions and confident beauty.

• Also on Friday’s calendar is a free lecture at the Morris Museum of Art. Augusta State University art faculty member Karen Klacsmann will talk at 1 p.m. on The Enduring Influence of Classical Cultures.


JEFFERSON COUNTY Arts Guild members will have their work on display at the Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga., through Nov. 24. A reception is scheduled Nov. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.


LANDSCAPE paintings by Don Jolley are on exhibit at Tire City Potters on 10th Street. The show is titled As Eye See It.

• Continuing on view at Sacred Heart Cultural Center are paintings by Judy Avrett, Lillie Morris and Lucy Weigle.


AND ELSEWHERE: Works by Edward Rice and Philip Morsberger are on exhibit at If Art Gallery in Columbia as part of a group show spotlighting gallery artists included in the new book, 100 Southern Artists.

• Augusta artist and ASU art faculty member Jennifer Onofrio Fornes recently opened a show with her mother, sculptor Judy Onofrio, at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings. The exhibit will remain on view at the museum through early January.

• Former Augustan Luke Allsbrook has opened an exhibit titled Bare Trees, Bright Water, at the Mason Murer Gallery in Atlanta. Christopher Kuhl, another former Augustan, will have work in the first international multi-media artists exhibit in Yangon, Burma.